Saturday May 11, 2013Cal Defeats Denver 4-1 to Advance to NCAA Round of 16
The University of California advanced to the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships with a 4-1 victory against Denver University on Saturday, May 11 at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, Fla. California will take on second-seeded Virginia on May 16 in Urbana, Ill.
"You have got to give a lot of credit to the Denver team," Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "They played with so much heart. They had so much momentum from yesterday's win over Florida. They had us in a real tight spot. A little bit of a rain delay, a little time to gather ourselves between doubles and singles was enough for us to turn this match around. I'll tell you what, full credit to the Denver team and the kind of season they have had.
After splitting the second and third doubles matches, the doubles point came down to the first doubles match. Denver's Enej Bonin and Jens Vorkefeld upset Cal's Campbell Johnson and Cristoffer Konigsfeldt, the 26th ranked doubles team in the nation, 8-6 to take the doubles point.
As singles play was underway, a storm passed through the Gainesville, Fla. area, forcing the remainder of the match to be played in the Charles R. and Nancy V. Perry Indoor Facility. First, second, and third singles were the first three singles matches to begin inside the indoor facility.
"For us, going indoors we thought it was going to suit Denver better than us'" Wright stated. "But our guys came out fired up."
Cal's Konigsfeldt, the 86th ranked singles player in the country, knotted the overall score at one apiece after recording a 6-3, 6-3 win against Denver's Vorkefeld at second singles. Only a few minutes later, Cal took the lead when Johnson, the nation's 60th ranked singles player, defeated Max Krammer, 6-3, 6-2, at third singles.
Gregory Bayane of California extended the team's advantage to 3-1 after a 6-2, 6-4 victory at fourth singles. Mads Engsted clinched the match for the Golden Bears minutes later, recording a 6-4, 6-1 win at fifth singles.
"We are excited to be headed to Illinois," Wright concluded. "Florida has done a great job a hosting this event. It was our first time here in Gainesville and it's a memorable one."
2013 NCAA MEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
#18 California vs. Denver
May 11, 2013 at Gainesville, Fla.
(Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex)
California 4, Denver 1
1. Enej Bonin/Jens Vorkefeld (DU) def. #26 Campbell Johnson/Cristoffer Konigsfeldt (UC), 8-6
2. Max Krammer/Fabio Biasion (DU) def. #65 Mads Engsted/Ben McLachlan (UC), 8-3
3. Gregory Bayane/Chase Melton (UC) def. Alex Clinkenbeard/Henry Craig (DU), 8-4
1. #38 Ben McLachlan (UC) vs. #59 Enej Bonin (DU) 6-2, 2-6, 4-4
2. #86 Cristoffer Konigsfeldt (UC) def. Jens Vorkefeld (DU), 6-3, 6-3
3. #60 Campbell Johnson (UC) def. Max Krammer (DU), 6-3, 6-2
4. Gregory Bayane (UC) def. Henry Craig (DU), 6-2, 6-4
5. Mads Engsted (UC) def. Fabio Biasion (DU), 6-4, 6-1
6. Riki McLachlan (UC) vs. Alex Clinkenbeard (DU) 5-4
California 16-9; National ranking #18
Denver 12-12; National ranking NR
Order of finish: Doubles (2, 3, 1); Singles (2, 3, 4, 5)